• Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 6/24/2016

    Hello Team South Kitsap,

    What a great first week of summer break.  I trust all of you are enjoying an energizing break. 

    For those of you that may have missed the SKHS graduation ceremony last week, you can watch the event on YouTube at this link. Congratulations Class of 2016, we are very proud of you!

    Olympic ESD Superintendent Greg Lynch attended the board meeting last night to present Olalla Elementary School with the Washington School of Achievement Award. The award is sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education. Winners are the highest performing schools in the state based on three years of academic information reported in the Washington Achievement Index. Olalla received the High Progress Award in ELA and Mathematics and has been a recipient of this award for three years running. Well done! 

    I would like to announce several administrative appointments that have been made this past week.  As we now have all the principal positions filled, we made some decisions with regard to assistant principals in the district.  I would like to announce that Mr. Joey Kolattukudy, is the new Assistant Principal at Orchard Heights Elementary School.  Mr. Joey Kolattukudy has most recently served as the Assistant Principal at Sidney Glen and previous to that was a 7th and 8th grade English Teacher at Polson Middle School in Montana.   Prior to his teaching at the middle-school level, he taught 4th and 5th grade at Pablo Elementary School, also in Montana.  Joey earned his Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Montana in 2010.  He also received his Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in 2004 from the University of Montana.  Joey has been an Assistant Basketball Coach for the freshman through varsity teams at Polson High School.  Additionally, he has been a Track, Basketball and Football Coach for Ronan Middle School in Montana.  Joey was recognized as the 2006-2007 IEC Teacher of the Year School, Ronan School District #0 and received the 2007-2008 KECI Gold Star Award. 

    I would also like to announce that Ms. Virginia “Ginnie” Brossard, is the new Assistant Principal at Sidney Glen Elementary School.  Ms. Virginia “Ginnie” Brossard has most recently been the Principal at Mullenix Ridge and prior to that she was teaching 4th and 5th grade at Marvista Elementary in Normandy Park, Washington.  While there, she also served as a principal designee for nine years.  Her previous teaching experience was a classroom teacher for K-6 grade multi-age split classes and gifted education classes for Valley View Alternative Elementary in SeaTac, Washington.  Ginnie earned her Washington State Principal Residency Certificate from Western Washington University.  She earned her Master’s in Education from Lesley University in 2003.  Additionally, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Central Washington University.  In 2012 and 2009 Ginnie received the Washington Achievement Award (5th grade science).  She also was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award in 2010.  She is a member of the Association of Washington State Principals and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development as well as a Teacher Advisory Board Member for Seattle Children’s Theatre.  We are so blessed to have these two gifted educational leaders in our staff family.  

    Our community partner, the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce, is hosting a Golf Tournament at McCormick Woods on July 13. Proceeds from the event will help support a scholarship fund for South Kitsap students. Check the Chamber website for more information.

    Members of the Student Success Office Team and over fifty teachers and principals from all of our secondary schools attended AVID training in San Diego, California on Monday through Thursday of this week. This is so important as AVID provides the high support for the high expectations we have for students here in South Kitsap. 

    The Office of Student Success coordinated the Level II Threat Assessment Training which was held Wednesday and Thursday this week. SKSD staff and representatives from Law Enforcement and Mental Health were participants in the training as well.  These partnerships and this training supports our safe schools initiatives.  Well done.

    In an effort to better connect our community with South Kitsap schools, a new Facebook page has been formed called SK Parents and Educators. This is a public site that is moderated by community members – check it out.


    Warmest regards,

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 6/17/2016

    Hello Team South Kitsap,

    I trust this note finds you enjoying the last week of the school year.  I want to share some news with you as it has become public in the Seattle area and locally this afternoon.  I want to share with you that I have been offered and chosen to accept the opportunity to become the next Northshore School District Superintendent.

    I want you to know that I am sincerely grateful to have had the opportunity to serve you (such an amazing staff family), our students, families, our community, and our South Kitsap Board of Directors.  On occasion, jobs come up that are simply worth taking a look at and when asked to consider them; in this case, I have chosen to take a look and have decided that this is one such opportunity I cannot pass up.  Opportunities knock on the door of our lives at different times and we need to be open to them.   I wish each of you in this amazing staff family, the students, parents, and community all the best in the coming years.

    Rest assured that this great district will be in good hands.  Our South Kitsap School District is financially healthy and stable, innovation is flourishing, enrollment is on the rise; we are blessed with an excellent staff and a district leadership team that share a common commitment to excellence.  We have come through a great deal together and are set on a path to continue to build on the strengths of each and every one of you.  All will be as it should be….  As the School Board determines next steps, I will keep you posted (yes that means there will be a Thursday Memo for a few more weeks ;>)  !!

    In other news, this week we celebrated graduation for the Explorer Program and South Kitsap High School.  What a fantastic capstone event these graduations have become.  Graduation Photo Gallery on Kitsap Sun website .  A great big round of applause for all graduates, their teachers, support staff and families.  Well done !!

    I am proud to announce the appointment of the new Principal at Orchard Heights Elementary School.  It was exciting to introduce Ms. Kris Christenberry, the current Assistant Principal at Marcus Whitman, to the Orchard Heights staff this afternoon as their new principal.  Kris graduated Valedictorian and Athlete of the Year from Mt. Tahoma High School in 1987.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Evergreen State College in 1991, a Master’s Degree from City University in 1994 and her administrative credentials from Central Washington University in 2000.  Kris began her career with the South Kitsap School District in September ’91 and has served our district at Marcus Whitman for twenty four and a half years, first as a Teacher for seven and a half years, then as Dean for three years and most recently as Assistant Principal for the last fourteen years.  Kris has also been involved in coaching and the junior high athletic director role since 1990.  Please take a moment and welcome Kris to this new role.  We are so excited that someone who is so passionate about our South Kitsap School District has accepted this very important leadership position.  We will be posting an assistant principal position soon.  Thank you to all the staff, students, and community members who participated in this process and especially to Ms. Misty Dieffenbach, who managed the process.  Well done !!

    Our very own math teacher, Ms. Kari Freiboth, from John Sedgwick Junior High, was awarded the regional Excellence in Mathematics Education award today.  Kari, the math department chair, has been a teacher in our district for the past 18 years, six at Mullenix Ridge Elementary and the past 12 at John Sedgwick Junior High.  This year, she is teaching Math 8 and Algebra to 7th and 8th graders.  As the department chair, she leads the other math teachers in a PLC (Professional Learning Community) model, meeting weekly with her team to share curriculum and assessment ideas and look at student work.  She is thirsty to learn and stays up-to-date on the latest learning trends and mathematics strategies.  For example, last summer, she attended the AVID Summer Institute in San Diego and served as a member of the building AVID Site Team, helping to launch the AVID program within the school.  Kari was instrumental in promoting the use of WICOR (Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, Reading) strategies such as the use of Cornell notes and interactive notebooks in her department.  Kari also attended the Middle School Math National Conference in New Mexico this winter, bringing back valuable information to her school regarding establishing a growth mindset.  One example of this adoption of a growth mindset was in the math department’s consideration and implementation of a supplemental online math program used to bridge the standards gap for students who are skipping a level of math and students who are in need of math intervention.  Kari is also a member of the District Math Assessment Committee.  Kari works tirelessly to improve math education in her schools and has had an exceptional impact in the lives of their students.  The Excellence in Mathematics Education award was presented to her by the Washington State Mathematics Council and the Olympic Education Service District.  Wow and well done !!

    This week the school hallways at South Colby and Mullenix Ridge Elementary Schools were packed with students anxious to express their congratulations for South Kitsap High School graduating seniors on Monday morning. Principal Joe Riley and Principal Ginnie Brossard invited students from the class of 2016 to return to their former elementary school for a special event. Cheers of “once a bobcat, always a bobcat” could be heard echoing across South Colby. At Mullenix Ridge, the seniors talked with sixth grade students about their plans for the future and favorite elementary school memory. “Our elementary students can see the accomplishments of the seniors and what will come in their future. We are so proud of them and want to show them how much they mean to South Colby,” stated South Colby Principal Joe Riley.  This graduation walk idea is one that is so exciting.  Thank you to Heather Hays and other staff for sharing the idea with us. 

    I am pleased to announce that Orchard Heights Elementary students reached a goal that has been five years in the making. Congratulations Sharks on reading 1,000,000,000 words!  This is quite an achievement and demonstrates serious shark perseverance !!  Well done !!

    We are excited to announce another opportunity for students to get involved in school sports with the introduction of the South Kitsap Crew Program. The SKHS Athletics Department is happy to introduce Mr. Jake Brisson as the Head Coach of our 2016/17 Crew Team and Mr. Chuck Perkins as the Assistant Coach.  Head Coach Jake Brisson began rowing his freshman year at Washington State University for WSU Men's Crew in 2012. He went on to win ACRA National Championships for rowing in the Novice Lightweight 4+, as well as 3 Lightweight WIRA Championships in 2013, 2014, and 2015. He finished out his Senior year in 2016 stroking the 2nd Varsity 8+ at ACRA National Championships. Coach Brisson's hobbies include snowboarding, skiing, running half marathons and competing in the annual WSU Men's Crew Triathlon. He is now 22 years old, graduating WSU at the end of the summer with a Bachelor's Degree in History. "I am extremely excited to take on the challenge of beginning South Kitsap High School's first Rowing team! GO COUGS, and now GO WOLVES!"  The SKHS Athletic Department also welcomes Assistant Crew Coach, Mr. Chuck Perkins. In October of 1973, Chuck was a walk-on for University of Washington’s Crew and his life changed forever. He found one of his passions in life. Chuck has taught grades 4-6 at Manchester Elementary from 1980 – 2005 and taught at Explorer Academy from 2005- present. His three sons have all graduated from SKHS, are successful in their careers and most importantly happy in life. Chuck currently rows with the Clam Island Rowing Club with their Masters group and has also been an assistant coach for their junior’s team and their adult Learn to Row team. The second assistant coach is Mr. Eric Delacorte.  Eric has been working as a teacher in the South Puget Sound area for the past five years, after receiving a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Puget Sound.  Prior to graduate school Eric rowed for UPS during his senior year of his under graduate studies.  In college Eric rowed port side as part of the stroke pair for the top novice 4 and 8 boats, and won a novice championship at the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference.  Outside of rowing and teaching, Eric is a cyclist and has coached mountain biking, shotput and discuss, and football tackling.  We are so excited to begin this program for our student athletes and are looking forward to their inaugural season. 

    Here is a great quote to end this week’s letter…“He had spent much of the night simply staring at his gold medal, contemplating it as it hung on the end of his bunk… As much as he had wanted it, and as much as he understood what it would mean to everyone back home and to the rest of the world, during the night he had come to realize that the medal wasn’t the most important thing he would take home…” The Boys in the Boat 

    I wish you all the best for a joyful and active last weekend of the school year.  

    Warmest regards,

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Sad Florida News

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 6/14/2016

    Hello Team South Kitsap,

    As we start another week following the aftermath of an apparent targeted mass shooting, it is difficult to comprehend the impact this has on those close to the tragedy as well as those around the country.  Like you, I know that we are keeping the families and friends of the Orlando, Florida victims in our thoughts and prayers.  This is a difficult time in our country and world.  There is so much division and the rhetoric seems at times to escalate the violence. 

    As for us here in South Kitsap, -- in our House -- we will continue to care for one another, respect one another, and support one another; whether or not we have a difference of opinion(s), religion, sexual orientation, or political view, etc.  We are safe here and will resolutely work to remain safe. 

    Today, you will likely have colleagues, students, parents or families you work with who are deeply affected and impacted by the horrific events of this past weekend.  Be present for those who want to talk about this and share your best compassionate self.  Take a moment and be silent and reflect on all we can do personally and collectively to break this cycle of senseless violence. Together, we can overcome anything….


    Have a peaceful last week of school.  All the best and warmest regards,

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 6/10/2016

    Hello Team South Kitsap,

    What another amazing week (and also the last week for our graduating seniors).  This is such a milestone to mark and one the entire district can celebrate.  Each and every staff member in this great district can take great pride in the young men and women who are graduating this spring as regardless of your role, you played an important part in the development and achievements of these young people.  They are our young people and the very best of our community.  Well done !!

    On Monday June 6th, Discovery Alternative High School held their graduation ceremony for the 90 students who completed their requirements for graduation.  According to Principal, Mr. Pat Oster, “Discovery’s mascot is the “Phoenix” and like the Phoenix, these students have risen from the ashes to earn their High School diploma and are now college and career ready.”  He reports that some highlights of the evening included graduate speeches from Ariel Loch, Jocelyn Schirmer and Chris Rothlin.  Also everyone was dazzled by a performance from Jada Sills who sang the “National Anthem” and “Read All About it” by Emeli Sand’e.  Many students received special awards and scholarships including Teddy Colenaty who received the Olympic College tuition waiver scholarship, Chris Rocconi and Alonna Davies who received the Kurt Wagner Memorial Scholarship, and Lauren Phelps and Kaitlyn Lawrence who received scholarships from the Soroptimists.  Congratulations to all of the students and their families on their success.  We are so proud of you all.  Thank you also to our community partners who made these scholarships possible. 

    On June 4, the South Kitsap High School video production students won two awards for excellence at the annual Northwest Emmy competition held at the SeaTac Hilton. Students compete in 12 categories from News Reporting to Short-Form Movies. Avery Krumsick and Brenan Kovach won in the category of Best Sports Reporting and featured profiles on high school tennis, football, and basketball. Discovery student Chris Rothlin won the Best Writing category. Chris shared a first-person account of his battle with mental illness and depression. The competition is sponsored and judged by media professionals. South Kitsap’s winning entries now move to the national level competition in Washington, D.C. The results will be announced this fall.  Well done and Go Wolves !!  Also kudos to Coach Mike Downum; wow amazing talents !!

    The Kiwanis Club of Port Orchard held the final Students of the Month recognition lunch on Wednesday, June 8. Spencer Goodin from South Kitsap High School, Emily Nass from Cedar Heights and Joaquin Anderson from Cedar Heights received awards.  This is such an affirming celebration of our amazing students. 

    What a wonderful evening we had recently recognizing all of our district retirees. This is such an important and memorable milestone for these veteran educators and support staff, as recognizing their enormous contributions for good in our district is important.  A special thank you to our elementary music specialists for the entertainment. After being inundated with requests, I am linking to their Grammy nominated hit ;>)  The talent and creativity of their group made the evening extra special. There is a photo gallery of the event posted on our website.

    In exciting news from Ms. Kelly Ogan’s  World Literature and Composition class, her sophomores worked on an extensive research paper this semester.  Students chose a global issue of concern and spent about two months researching, pre-writing, and drafting and then revising into a final polished paper.  They then worked to transform their learning into a movie documentary after studying film techniques such as camera angles, voice overs, transitions, etc.  As her students viewed their classmates’ documentaries, they took notes and rated them in order to determine the documentary they felt was the strongest.  They held a vote in each class, and awarded the 2016 Best Film Documentary Awards and runners-up, complete with trophies and medals.  Students who were selected are now featured in one of the display cases on campus.  Most students enjoyed the departure from the more traditional PowerPoint approach for presenting their learning, and in their reflections, many of them commented on how much fun they had trying their hand at film making! Great innovative approach !!  Well done !!  Go Wolves !!

    First place winners are the following:

    Gabrielle Lund Gabrielle Lund  and her documentary on shark finning, Annie Larson  Annie Larson  and her documentary on endangered species, and Alainna Widdifield Alainna Widdifield , Alicia Zmijewski Alicia Zmijewski , and Sienna Shilston Seinna Shilston  and their documentary on coral reefs.

    Runners-up are the following:

    David Mansfield David Mansfield , Grace Ebuen Grace Ebuen , Kyle VanMeter Kyle VanMeter , Jermiah Merrell Jermiah Merrell , Yvette Jordan Yvette Jordan , Madison Jackson (absent for picture), and Alexis Gunzer Alexis Gunzer .

    As a point of summary interest, for this 2015-2016 school year, we had 1099 student athletes who competed in 2015-2016, which is the highest number ever for South Kitsap High School and the overall student athlete GPA was 3.13!!  This is great news and a real testament to our hard working student athletes, coaches and families.

    Students in Mr. Lafferty’s 5th grade class at Hidden Creek went to Manchester this past Monday in connection with their current unit of study “Sharing the Planet”. Pat Kirschbaum from the Kitsap County Water Department and her intern Kenzie explained how the park worked improved the quality of storm water runoff that found its way to the Puget Sound. This was a great learning experience for the students. They learned first-hand how the Earth’s systems combined with human behavior can impact our resources and biodiversity.  Another amazing innovative learning opportunity for our young students.  Well done !!

    Each quarter our community partner, the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce, honors stand out South Kitsap School District employees with Star Staff Awards. This quarter Faith Serka, ELA and Social Studies teacher, earned the Certificated Star Staff Award and John Scott, head custodian, earned the Classified Star Staff Award. Both Ms. Serka and Mr. Scott work at John Sedgwick Junior High and were nominated by Principal Dan Novick.  Also, Clayton Hutchinson was selected to receive the first scholarship from the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee for pursuing a career in business. Funds generated during Chamber of Commerce luncheon announcements and also at the upcoming golf tournament will support the scholarship in upcoming years.  This is a wonderful new community partnership.  Well done !!

    In a retrospective thought this afternoon; ““Don't count the days. Make the days count.”   —  Muhammad Ali

    Warmest regards,

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 6/3/2016

    Hello Team South Kitsap,

    What another amazing week here in South Kitsap!!  The weather is great and the energy in the schools is electric. 

    What a wonderful evening we had last night recognizing all of our district retirees. This is such an important and memorable milestone for these veteran educators and support staff, as recognizing their enormous contributions for good in our district is important.  A special thank you to our elementary music specialists for the entertainment. The talent and creativity of their group made the evening extra special. There is a photo gallery of the event posted on our website.

    As the year fast reaching a close, I am reminded of all the ‘Breakfast Club’ visits I have had over the past three years.  I have now hosted ninety-six breakfasts with students in the district.  Having said that, I have broken bread with close to one thousand students representing roughly 10% of our entire district student population.  It is so interesting to have this authentic face time with our students as they have a great deal to say about their experience here in this amazing district.  Please know that I am so excited to hear their complimentary affirmations about their classroom and school experiences; thank you for all your efforts and dedication.  Also, a special thank you to all the School Office Coordinators, School Principals, and the Food and Nutrition Services for their support of this important initiative.  It matters. 

    In a recent update, Ms. Shelby MacMeekin, our Director of Special Education, shared that we have been accepted as a part of the 2016-2018 CCTS/DVR “Transition Learning Communities Pilot Project”.  This is so exiting for our high school team and presents a tremendous opportunity for data analysis, collaboration, and enhanced post-secondary outcomes for our students with disabilities.  We are also pleased about the excellent turn-out for the “Start Now” lunch at the Community Transitions Program.  We had many families, students, and staff in attendance.  Representatives from DVR, DDA, Special Olympics, and the Kitsap Parent Coalition were also there.  The high school staff have worked hard to make this program a success.  Well done !!

    Special Services       Special Services

    Over this past weekend the South Kitsap Track and Field team competed at the State championship at Mt. Tahoma high school. It was a great weekend for track and field athletes as the boys team were 4th in the state. Nolan Van Amen was 3rd in the shot put , and won the discus with another school record with a throw of 184 ft 8 inches. Albert MacArthur was second in both the triple jump and long jump , Albert also broke a school record in the long jump with a jump 22 ft. 11 and ¾ inches . William Vargus finished 6th in the state in the high jump with a jump of 6 ft. 2 inches. On the girls side Mylie LaFountaine ran very well in the 300 hurdles and freshman Paxton Depoe finished 8th in the state in the 800 meters setting a new school with a time of 2:15. 47 and breaking the old record by more than 2 seconds. Congratulations to the state competitors!  Way to go Wolves !!’

    In other SK Athletic news, please note the SKHS Team GPA medalists…it is an Olympic year!

    Boys                                                          Girls

    Sport      # of athletes  GPA     Medal    Sport        # of athletes   GPA

    Golf                  9         3.40    GOLD    Cross Country    18          3.70

    Cross Country   37        3.30    SILVER  Soccer              54          3.53

    Waterpolo         24        3.21   BRONZE  Volleyball         43          3.47

    In a recent news flash, Ms. Sheila Reynolds, staff member at Orchard Heights, shared that  Orchard Heights is the first school in the District to receive a Washington Green School Flag designation.  This has taken a lot of work and dedication from the kids to get this certification and the kids loved it.  Sheila has even begun flying the flag again on the school flag pole.  Next school year with the SOAR program here they plan to take it to the next level. It will tie into IB perfectly and I think more kids will embrace the next step that means we will be on our way to Tier 2.  The SOAR teachers are excited and so is Sheila. We will be looking forward to updates on their progress in the coming school year.  This recycling and green stewardship is inspiring.  Well done !!  Go Sharks !! 

    Recently, South Kitsap High School teacher, Mrs. Angelique Colson set-up a great after school field trip to Tacoma Community College where our Anatomy & Physiology students were front and center for surgical demonstrations. They observed surgical techniques of a fasciotomy, cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal), appendectomy (appendix removal), and mastectomy. Students were also encouraged to take a hands-on approach. It was great to see the students’ faces light-up because they understood the anatomy, physiology, and were able to answer questions during the presentations. In fact, I believe we were the only high school group in our session. The other groups were from local colleges (which made our students feel pretty awesome).

    Colson     Colson

    Meanwhile, our high school Physics students took their knowledge straight to Hi-Joy Bowl for one of their recent labs. This lab focuses on an activity everyone knows how to do, like bowling, and compels students to break down the physics behind a seemingly simple pastime (they addressed every concept they learned this year). Students find themselves taking-on any lingering misconceptions lurking about. We appreciate Hi-Joy Bowl so much as they’ve been amazing to our students !!

    Project Learning   You gotta love the project based learning !! Well done !!

    In other South Kitsap alumni news, here is another great article of a former graduate (2013)—thought you’d like to read.  Despite seven surgeries this past year and still no front teeth, her strength and “never let anyone stop you” mentality took her very far and our very own Ms. Rosa Buss is a very proud mom. J  She graduated with a 31K academic scholarship to attend Linfield College and play fastpitch for the Wildcats.  The Linfield Wildcats won their conference, then won regionals enabling them to compete in the Nationals.  We are so proud of our gritty Wolves and their incredible spirit !!

    Students in Mr. Laverty’s fifth grade class at Hidden Creek got silly with red noses to help raise awareness of childhood poverty.  This is such an important topic to have authentic and age appropriate dialog about as our community faces many challenges in this area.  Well done !!  Go Hawks !!

    In my provocative quote this week, I want to note that; “The enemy of great is good.”  -- David Foster; 16 Time Grammy Winner, 3 Time Oscar Nominee, Emmy Winner, Renowned Producer.  This is true in music and all other aspects of our lives together.  Have a great June weekend !!

    Warmest regards,

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 5/27/2016

    Hello Team South Kitsap,

    Last night, it was a pleasure to attend the CTE Student of the Year Celebration. Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides a rigorous combination of academic and technical courses preparing students for college as well as successful careers in high-skill, high-wage occupations. Sixteen students and their families were honored for their achievements in their CTE program areas:  A+  and Business - Brett Mize, Agriculture Science - Stephen Kanekkeberg, American Sign Language - Mackenzie Powell, Athletic Medicine - Monica Ohman, Automotive Tech - Vincent Timmerman, Computer Aided Drafting - Caleb Ogden, FACSE/Top Student - Cassie Peeler, FACSE/ProStart - Autumn Templeton, Info Tech - William Webster, Graphic Arts - Liberty Morey, Marketing - Aiyana Stringer, NJROTC - Danielle Corpuz, Photography - RaeAnna Gottlieb, Video Production - Whitney Bolar, Woods Technology - Jacob Sartor, and Yearbook - Tiffiney Mitchell.  Thanks to our NJROTC program that provided the color guard, ProStart prepared salads and dessert and our Horticulture program created floral basket centerpieces for the event.  Food Service also served the entrée.  Please visit the CTE web page to view the student profiles http://www.skitsap.wednet.edu/Page/15451 Well done to all!!

    Ms. Marissa Rathbone, the Washington State Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (WSASCD) awards co-chair, has informed us that our very own Ms. Courtney Vetter has been selected as the 2016 WSASCD Outstanding Young Educator Award recipient. We are very excited about this, as we too, believe that Courtney does amazing work! Courtney will receive the award at the Washington Teachers' Conference on Saturday, November 5th, 2016, and will have complimentary registration for the conference.  We are so excited to have one of our South Kitsap teachers honored at the State level, as this reflects so well on all of Courtney’s teaching colleagues, the PLC work that inspires such strong results, and the support staff that contribute to our teaching and learning mission here in this great district. 

    Ms. Erin Simon, Vice President for the South Kitsap PTSA Council, was recently awarded a Crystal Leadership Award at the Washington State PTA Convention. The Washington State PTA Board of Directors created the Leadership Academy Awards Program with the purpose of recognizing and acknowledging leadership skills attained by PTA leaders throughout all levels of the association. PTA leaders are encouraged to join the Leadership Academy program and submit their activity annually to create a record of their leadership in the association. The program awards points for leadership positions held in both PTA and other educational committees, classes presented, conference attendance, and other WSPTA and National PTA events. The award recognizes four leadership levels from bronze to crystal. This past weekend, Erin Simon was given an award for achieving the crystal level, the highest in PTA. Thank you to Ms. Simon and all of our wonderful parent partners.  Well done !!

    The Port Orchard Rotary Club recognizes stand out students at each elementary school and junior high school. The students are selected by their teachers and building principal for academics, leadership, and strong character. Congratulations to all these outstanding students! Reed Chermak and Josilyn Bates from Burley Glenwood, Ezekiel Rivera-Guadamuz and Kayla Moody from EPO, Emily Holtcamp, Tom Petroff, Sierra Dague, Gabriel Curvin, and LeEssa Dague from Explorer Academy, Piper Scheitlin and Owen Collins from Hidden Creek, McKenna Dorsey and Leila Donyaei from Manchester, Amellia Schlatter and Kiersti Tailleur from Mullenix Ridge, Will Morgan and Asher Burns from Olalla, Hana Chollar and Kayden Wetzel from Orchard Heights, Rhiannon Gorski and Elise Thorley from Sidney Glen, Ziva McCullough and Kina Painter from South Colby, Megan Miller and Collin Bass from Sunnyslope, Francesca Corso, Kadin Backlund, and Jordan Javier from Cedar Heights, Jenna Young, Noah Follis, and Devon Keyt from Marcus Whitman, and Piper Willson, Leah Hannan, and Thomas Bidewell from John Sedgwick Junior High.  Our future is in good hands.  Well done !! 

    Cedar Heights students traveled to Washington State University to compete at the Imagine Tomorrow science competition.  They participated with over 400 students, 141 different teams.  On Saturday, May 21, Thomas Bailey and Sidney Higley along with contributions from student Ramiah Rente, presented their project on Algae Agriculture to Judges from Microsoft, Tacoma City Light, NARA Biofuels, Alaska Airlines, USDA, British Petroleum and many more.   They met and interacted with students from three states working to solve our energy challenges and present solutions for a brighter tomorrow.  They won an award for Best Project from a newly participating school with a prize of $100 for each student and $500 for their school.  Thomas, Sidney and Ramiah have already started planning their project for next year and can’t wait to represent South Kitsap at WSU in 2017.  For more information on the competition please visit http://imagine.wsu.edu/ Well done !!

    On Saturday in the pouring rain  the track and field team finished competing in the district track meet where Nolan Van Amen broke another school record in the discus  with a throw of 174 feet 5 inches.  Albert MacArthur was 2nd in the triple jump , Mylie LaFountaine finished 5th in the  300 meter hurdles , Paxton Depoe finished 7th in the 800 meter and the girls 4x400 finished 8th with a season best time of 4:06 . Congratulations to the 5 members of the track team who are moving on to state finals this weekend at Mt. Tahoma: Albert MacArthur in the long and triple jumps, Nolan Van Amen in the shot and discus, William Vargas in the high jump, Mylie LaFountaine in the 300m hurdles, and Paxton DePoe in the 800m run.  Our SK Fastpitch team played very well in the West Central District Tournament, losing their final game to the nationally ranked Tahoma Bears.  It was a great season and most of the team returns next year, so look for great things in the future.  Go Wolves !!

    Recently at Burley Glenwood Elemntary School, as part of a class assignment, young students in Ms. Delynn Maples wrote a class book entitled “What Does Our Principal Do All Day?”  Some of Ms. Maples’s favorite responses are: “Mr. Grant puts up with kids that are being bad at recess. He lives in the office and loves us.”- Albert  “He talks to people about being nice to people. I love you Mr. Grant and you love me!” –Olivia  “Mr. Grant  watches out for kids being mean. He works all day. Mr. Grant is the best principal. The school is the best. It is fun being at school.” Cassidy  “He will sleep all day and dream everyone was bad.” Charlie.  Children so often capture the amazing simplicity in our lives.  It is wise for us to remember not to make complicated that which is by nature simple…

    The CTE Department recently submitted an application for the CTE Makeover Challenge, a grant that would support the development of a makerspace at South Kitsap High School.  The CTE, IT, Facilities and Fine Arts Departments, along with Kitsap Regional Library, have partnered to develop a makerspace vision that would provide a space for students and teachers to “make” for their courses and for their own personal interests.  A dark room from one of our former film photography spaces is being redeveloped into a makerspace activity hub, with the ability to branch out into our existing CTE instructional spaces as projects require.  The team has been meeting weekly to develop a vision, scope, budget and plan for implementation in the fall.  This innovative thinking is so inspiring.  Well done !!

    Coming soon, the talented SKHS Choirs will present One Night On Broadway on June 4 & 5. This cabaret style show features songs and medleys from musical theatre productions produced by students. The evening features a two act show and a dessert at the intermission. Tickets are by pre-sale only and are available through any SKHS Choir student or through Mr. Allen (360-874-5648) at South Kitsap High School.  We are blessed to have so many talented students and staff in South Kitsap.

    Finally, I wish each of you the best Memorial Day week-end ever.  I would also ask each of you to pause during the BBQ, and other fun activities we will be having this weekend … to think about and thank those who have served our country so valiantly and remember the many sacrifices made on our behalf. It is so true that we are free because of the brave.  Thank you.

     Memorial Day

    “Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”  — Earl Nightingale (1921-1989)

    Warmest regards,

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 5/20/2016

    Hello Team South Kitsap,

    Last night we took time to recognize more than 75 of our community partners who go above and beyond to make a difference in our schools. Opportunity presents itself as a door to a new level of success. One can knock and knock and never get through. Our partners have been the key, unlocking new opportunities and taking us to places we never thought possible. View the Celebration of Partnerships photo gallery on our website. Thank you to East Port Orchard Elementary for hosting the event.  “The heart of a volunteer is never measured in size, but by the depth of the commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.” - DeAnn Hollis

    We have had several South Kitsap graduates in the news recently.  The first, shares the story of a recent SK graduate who finds passion their for rowing at the University of Portland.  The sport of crew is also coming to the South Kitsap School District and will have its inaugural season next year.  We have acquired our first used crew shell from the Bainbridge Island Crew Club and are ready to strike out on our journey to excellence on the water.  Crew is one of the most prolific college scholarship sports available to our young people and teaches tremendous life skills of discipline and dedication.

    I want to take a moment and announce the appointment of Ms. Barbara Pixton as the Mullenix Ridge Principal for the coming year. Most recently, Barbara has served as the Assistant Principal at Orchard Heights Elementary.  Previous to her employment with our school district, Barbara was a Dean of Students in the North Kitsap School District, as well as an Instructional Support Specialist and teacher.  She also served in the United States Navy as a Chief Petty Officer.  In 2008, Barbara earned her Principal Certification from Pacific Lutheran University.  She also received her Master’s degree in Leadership/Administration and her Bachelor of Arts in Education with a minor in Special Education from Pacific Lutheran University, in 2007 and 2001, respectively.  Barbara was recognized as the Delta Kappa Gamma Educator of the Year in 2012-2013, and was awarded the PTSA Golden Acorn Teacher of the Year for 2009-2010 and 2006-2007 school years.  In her own words, Barbara offered that being “dedicated to providing an environment where everyone is enthusiastic about learning and motivated by their own success is my number one goal.”  Please take a moment to send Barbara a note of congratulations pixton@skitsap.wednet.edu as she moves to her new role in our district family.  Congratulations Barbara !!

    South Kitsap Equestrian Team Head Coach, Ms. Geri  Hildebrand, is pleased to announce that our Equestrian Team is the State Champions in In Hand Obstacle Relay!  The IHOR is Carley Stratton (SKHS), Shawna Hettick (Peninsula) Kallie Daviscourt ( North Mason), Ashlee Thomas ( Central Kitsap).  These athletes come from four different high schools!  The team is moving on to PNWIC.  PACIFIC NORTHWEST  INVITATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, June 18-20, 2016.  Abigail Saar is the alternate in Dressage an could be called up to compete at PNWIC.  These athletes are not only fantastic with horses they are also academically sound and have amazing plans for their future.  Coach Hildebrand commented; “It has been a pleasure to work with them.  I am looking forward to growing our team for 2016-2017.  We are super excited to compete at PNWIC!  Go Wolves ! 

    What an exciting opportunity awaits young people and adults this summer at the Kitsap Regional Library.  For the youth, there are incentives including a book and a ticket to the Kitsap County Fair for reading ten hours.  For adults, (and I am so excited about this) if we read 100 hours, we are eligible for a copy of the upcoming One Book, One Community book and a t-shirt.  So, get some rest so you are up to starting the Reading Log for the Kitsap Regional Library 100 hour reading challenge. 

    The 2016 ESD 114 School Bus Driver Roadeo was held Saturday, May 14, at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.  The results of the competition were:

    • 1st – Jeani Bantam – South Kitsap School District. Jeani was the 3rd place winner last year.
    • 3rd – Loretta Mehs – South Kitsap School District. Loretta was the 1st place winner last year.
    • 5th (Rookie of Year) – Aaron Hughes – South Kitsap School District.

    Both Jeani and Loretta qualified to compete at the state competition being held on June 26 at the WAPT Conference in Yakima.  Additionally Driver Trainer Brenda Boice has been asked to join the ESD 114 Driver Trainer team that briefs all the driver trainers during the spring in preparation for the next year school bus driver in-service. This is quite a compliment for Brenda Boice’s skills and reflects well on the work that she has been doing here in the South Kitsap School District.  Well done !!

    The Wolves competed very well at the Narrows League Track and Field Championships!  We had a large number of athletes are moving on to this week’s West Central District Track and Field Championships.  Of particular note, we had both the male and female Track Athletes of the Meet.  Albert MacArthur won the long jump and triple jump in a new school record of 47’1” and also qualified in the Javelin.  Albert was named Male Field Athlete of the Meet! while Mylie LaFountaine won the 300 hurdles and qualified in the 400m dash, 100m hurdles and 4x400m relay. Mylie was named Female Track Athlete of the Meet!  Setting a League Record, Nolan VanAmen won the shot put in a new Narrows League Record of 57’11.5” and also won the discus for the third year in a row.  Go Wolves !!!!

    Olalla Elementary has established the 2015-2016 Olalla STEM Squad. Membership requirements were to write an essay, maintain a B average, and meet behavior expectations. Squad members completed several projects including the Popsicle stick bridge challenge, watercraft weight construction and testing, recycled robots, logic puzzles, and engineering a solo cup Launchpad. The STEM Squad held bi-monthly meetings with officers that the club elected. Students voted on the T-Shirt logo choices, designed and printed by Mr. Macomber.  The STEM SQUAD logo was also voted on:  “We’re not Maniacs, we’re Brainiacs!” The STEM Squad Advisors were Tina Jordan for 5th grade, Kaylynn Krafcik for 3rd grade, and Ashley Ecklund for 3rd grade.  How exciting to be on the innovative edge…  Well done !!

    Another great article in the news about one of our own South Kitsap graduates, Mr. Bud Bannon.  The article features the Athletic Medicine Program at Kent-Meridian High School.  Bud is the sports medicine instructor and athletic trainer at Kent-Meridian.  Mr. Bannon got involved in sports medicine as a student at South Kitsap High School and went on to get a bachelor's degree in athletic training at Washington State University before becoming a teacher, so he knows first-hand the benefits of sports medicine courses.  "It is just big with preparing them for industry, keeping in mind that they have years of college before they can enter industry which is rough," he said. "But I know that when I left high school, I was ahead and it was helpful in college."  Thank you to all the staff that inspired Bud on this journey.  Your work inspires so many and makes a difference in the lives of our community for many years.  Well done !!

    Let’s have a great rest of the week and enjoy a joyful week-end…  “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.”  — James N. Watkins, Author

    Warmest regards,

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 5/13/2016

    Hello Team South Kitsap,

    What a great week to be a South Kitsap School District member.  There are so many amazing activities and events going on…

    On Saturday, May 7, volunteers from Transportation Services, NJROTC and students from SKHS, Cedar Heights, Marcus Whitman and John Sedgwick gathered at Albertsons on Olney and Sedgwick for the 7th Annual "Stuff the Bus."  Stuff the Bus is an annual event where food and sundries are donated from students from all schools and then buses are staged at local stores to collect additional food and donations from the community.  This year students from the South Kitsap School District, Albertsons and the community donated over 53,000 pounds of food and sundries, along with $910 that smashed last year's record of 8,700 pounds.  What another superb example of school, community and business partnership to help those in need in our community.  Well done and thank you !!

    Just next door, at East Port Orchard Elementary, Ms. Karla Baehr’s 2nd Grade class has exciting things happening in their classroom. They have adult ladybugs that are emerging from their pupae. It is so exciting to have this real life nature struggle and transition playing out in a classroom next door..;>)

    The American Sign Language (ASL) Spring Concert is Tuesday,  May 17th at South Kitsap High School, main stage, beginning at 6 pm.   There will be over 115 high school students performing a variety of songs using American Sign Language. There will be 26 different songs featuring large groups, small group, duets and solos. Our students have been practicing since March and are excited to perform next week. The concert is FREE  - come and enjoy!  ASL Teacher, Ms. Beth Cordy, commented, “The best choir you’ll never hear!!!”  I so appreciate the dedication and excellence and can’t wait to attend. 

    The following students were recognized as Students of the Month by the Kiwanis Club of Port Orchard. Each month, school staff nominate outstanding students to be honored at the Kiwanis luncheon. The students receive a certificate, monetary gift, and a lunch with their family. The students shown are Ayana Lightfoot (Marcus Whitman), Max Nail (South Kitsap High), Angelyko Lund (John Sedgwick), Zach Purdue (Marcus Whitman), Giovanna Stewart (Cedar Heights), Emma York (South Kitsap High), Cassandra Hebert (John Sedgwick), and Jonah Okamoto (Cedar Heights). Well done !!

    Drew Halili, a Freshman at Sedgwick finished 2nd  for the Wolves in the Narrows League Golf Tournament with a two day 3 under par total of 141.  Drew has qualified for the WIAA State Tournament, May 24th and 25th at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland.  Well done !!  Go Wolves !!

    As we celebrate achievements for our spring sport athletes, I think it is important to note their academic achievements.  We are grateful for their commitments and the commitments of our coaches to the ‘student athlete’ experience.  Well done!!

    Spring Sports Team GPA

    Team                              # of athletes         GPA

    Boys Golf                                  9                  3.41  

    Girls Golf                                  9                 2.81

    Girls Tennis                              76               3.33

    Girls Waterpolo                         25               3.07

    Fastpitch                                  39               2.99

    Boys Track and Field                 94               2.79

    Girls Track and Field                 72               3.22

    Baseball                                    46               2.96

    Girls Lacrosse                           20               2.94

    Boys Soccer                              53               2.87

    Boys Lacrosse                           31               2.54

    Spring Sports                         421             3.00

    As we look ahead to the 2016-2017 school year, our junior high principals have scheduled events to welcome their incoming 7th grade students and in the case of Cedar Heights Middle School, they will be welcoming a new class of 6th and 7th grade students in the fall. Please check the school calendars on our website for more information about these events. Cedar Heights is hosting a Parent Coffee on Tuesday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m., John Sedgwick will host their event on Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30p.m., and Marcus Whitman will host their event on Tuesday, May 31 at 6:00 p.m.  We have great expectations….

    On Monday, May 2, Representative Michelle Caldier visited Cedar Heights as part of the Pathfinder Speaker series. One morning a month, a highly successful/influential individual is invited to visit the school and speak to a group of 70-100 students for approximately 15-20 minutes with additional time for questions. The speakers have an opportunity to share what they do, their own history, and what it took to get to where they are now.  The goal is help students to set their goals and dreams past high school by providing them opportunities to listen to and interact with real people who have journeyed through school just like them and found a path to achievement, success, and being a contributing member of society.  These conversations continue to engage and inspire students as they look to the future. 

    For those of us following the progress of the legislative response to the McCleary decision, the interim draft report is quite interesting.  Already in the news as of yesterday, the legislative response reference 2016 Report to the Washington State Supreme Court by the Joint Select Committee on Article IX Litigation is a provocative read.  It appears that this conversation and the resolution of the State’s paramount duty are far from resolved. 

    Perhaps you've seen this already. NPR/KUOW played it yesterday afternoon. SKSD received a nice highlight. Here's the link to the full article. The article discusses achievement gap data amongst differing school district in the State of Washington.   In the article, the author noted,  “Seattle’s white-black gap is also the biggest one in Washington, and about seven times more severe than in the district with the smallest gap — South Kitsap, which serves Port Orchard and Olalla.”  I think this is an example of our commitment to meeting the needs of all students – no exceptions.   Well done !!

    “To the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that needs assistance, To the future in the distance, Give yourselves.” — Carrie Chapman Catt (1859-1947), American Women's Rights Activist.

    All the best for a great week-end,


    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 5/6/2016

    Hello Team South Kitsap,

    What a beautiful start to this May month !! All the wind and storms are definitely in the rear view mirror ;>)

    It is my pleasure to announce that the South Kitsap NJROTC Unit has been awarded Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors status for the 2015-2016 school year.  This is the highest award available to an NJROTC unit and it would not have been possible without the tireless dedication of the cadets coupled with the absolutely superb leadership and support the unit receives from Capt. Todd Schapler and Senior Chief Harold Vickers. This award brings with it an additional three nominations to all of the service academies, which the high school administrative and counseling staff will have available for their use.   Well done !!  

    At the board meeting last night, we honored several staff and community members who walk the talk of the district vision statement of Nurturing Growth, Inspiring Achievement, and Building Community. View all the 2015-16 NIB Awards on the district website.  This continues to be such an important recognition opportunity for so many staff, students and community volunteers.  Thank you and well done !!

    Last night at the School Board meeting, we celebrated Certificated Staff Appreciation Week.  Board President Greg Wall congratulated Mr. John Richardson, SKEA President, and Mr. Brian Carlson, SKAP President, on all their contributions to the amazing education experience our students participate in here in the South Kitsap School District.  We really appreciate the efforts of all of our certificated staff in the district and celebrate their contributions this week.  Thank you and well done !!

    Please note the following excerpt from Allan Golston, the President of the US Gates Program Foundation: “ Behind every single student who succeeds in this country is a teacher—and often several—whose selfless dedication, professionalism and passion make that success possible. That’s why we’re so pleased this year—and every year—to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. Throughout this week and beyond, we’ll honor teachers who work, day after day, to build a bridge to opportunity for every student. We know and appreciate all those teachers who support their students both in and out of the classroom; teachers who expose their students to a world beyond their local community; and teachers who inspire their students to reach for the stars—and engineer rockets to get there.

    Teachers make an enormous difference for the better in students’ lives—and in our own. So join us this week as we honor and thank the great teachers in our lives, and around the world, who guide all our students on the path to success. Teachers work day in and day out to help their students make progress, and Teacher Appreciation Week is a time to honor and recognize the lasting contributions they make to our lives. For this year’s Teacher Appreciation Week, we celebrate teachers who ensure that all students have the opportunity to succeed. Join us, along with students and parents, to reflect on and thank the great teachers you’ve known.” We know we have much to be thankful for here in the South Kitsap School District.  Watch the video »

    At Manchester today, the third graders have set up compost bins in the staff room. Their study centered around Earth Day; What can they do to help the Earth? They have been talking and learning about conservation and being responsible citizens. Today they were working with the Kitsap County Department of Public Works and began to sort the school garbage from the lunchroom. They started with measuring the weight of the garbage and then calculated how much of it could have been recycled or composted.  This is an environmentally important project that integrates math, science and problem solving.  Well done !!

    Meanwhile, the Manchester sixth graders were busy working with PSNS and their outreach program to follow the scientific process and create underwater ROVs (remote operated vehicles). The volunteers from PSNS worked with the 5th and 6th graders to build their ROVs and tomorrow they all will take the challenge to see how well they perform in large outdoor swimming pools. This STEM project based learning is so engaging and frightfully creative ;>) !!  Well done !! 

    Mr. Randy Spritzer, Artistic Director for Cora Voce, and Ms. Laurie Spitzer along with the other members of the Cora Voce Choral have been instrumental in providing new equipment to help grow the South Kitsap music program.  They recently provided funds to purchase new choir risers for East Port Orchard Elementary and Sunnyslope Elementary. In addition to the new risers, the Sunnyslope Elementary “Star Choir” students performed with the Cora Voce ensemble in Tacoma this past weekend.  This event provided the young singers an opportunity to perform with a professional music organization in a formal evening concert to a full house. 

    A staff member recently forwarded this idea to me.  “I am not sure if you saw this but I thought it was so cool!  A senior walk to younger children to show them their future, what they are capable of and what the younger children get to look forward to.  I think this would be so cool to do in our district.”  I agree that this would be a great connecting event for seniors and young students.  Thoughts ??   

    BHSM Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of speech and language pathologists in providing life-altering treatment.  Given all the current technology children are using, it is also a great time to pause and contemplate the possible impact of tech v. talk.   For 2016, the theme is "Communication Takes Care."  This is such an important time for identifying and supporting hearing and communication disorders of all kinds.   In our district, our speech and language pathologists are reaching out to families to encourage realistic parameters around tech use while encouraging conversations and interaction; as well as, decreasing headphone volumes to half-level and not using headphones to drown-out background noise.  Noise-induced hearing loss is irreversible and has widespread impacts.  Thank you for your efforts.  Well done !!

    Let’s wish all our students taking assessments this month the best.  It is a stressful time for sure.  We have students taking the SBAC, EOC, MSP, and AP exams.  This year alone, we have twenty two different AP courses with exams being taken in grades nine thru twelve.   I know with all the other myriad end of year activities and events, this is stressful for both students and staff.  Let’s be mindful of this and be willing to extend one another grace as we navigate these last few weeks of the school year.  For many, it will be the culmination of significant work and dedicated effort.  We wish all those testing the best. 

    A reminder that we are a Policy Governance district and as such review our performance regularly at Board meetings.  As a continuing part of my evaluation, the Board reviewed Executive Limitation 14 (EL 14) this week.  Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this Executive Limitation or my certification of same.  

    Finally, I trust that each of you will have a wonderful rest of the week and joyful week-end.  Happy Mother’s Day to all of you who this holiday honors. “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”  —e. e. cummings (1894-1962); Poet, Playwright, Painter, Essayist  

    Warmest regards,

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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  • Thursday Memo

    Posted by Michelle Reid at 4/29/2016

    Hello Team South Kitsap,

    I hope you are enjoying another fun filled spring week.  It is so amazing that we are on the threshold of a new month again.  May is such a month of abundance.  As I write this memo, we are still awaiting the final bond results.  Again, it is a nail biter with over 59% of the voters supporting the bond.  Once the bond results are final, we will have many decisions to make.  What we do know today, is that regardless of the outcome of the bond election, we remain unswervingly and resolutely committed to the grade reconfiguration plans laid out last year.  These plans support teaching and learning and the continued student enrollment growth.  Regardless of the bond vote outcome, we will continue the excellent work going on across this great district and innovative progress will resiliently flourish.    

    The South Kitsap Athletic Medicine team placed 9th out of 38 schools this past weekend at the Washington Career and Technical Sports Medicine (WCTSMA) Competition and Symposium held in the Tri-Cities. The top scores for South Kitsap were: Walter Ross placing 28th and Shaymus Shaw placing 30th out of 207 students in the Sports Medicine category; Nate Anderson placed 16th out of 80 students in Anatomy & Physiology; Monica Ohman placed 28th out of 74 in Exercise Physiology; Rianna Pangelinan placed 22 out of 77 students in Medical Terminology; Deion Anderson placing 42nd out of 80 students in CPR; and Kendell Clauson placed 28th out of 131 students in the JV competition.  Kendell Clauson and Mattie Werder competed in the JV Quiz bowl and made it to the semi-finals, where they just missed out making it to the finals. Shaymus Shaw competed in the Ankle Speed Taping contest where he finished in the Top 20 out of 100 students.  Mr. Hiatt, the WCTSMA State Officer Director, helped run a lot of the competition and was named the “Gary Hirst Instructor of the Year for 2016”.  Lastly, the students and advisors toured the Central Washington University Campus on Thursday as part of the Athletic Medicine College Tour that was started last year.  Students attending were: Shaymus Shaw, Walter Ross, Lindsay Vallejo, Kelsey Lantrip, Alison Pieze, Monica Ohman, Makayla Ramirez, Nate Anderson, James Luke, Rianna Pangelinan, Deion Anderson, Monica Vo Nguyen, Kendell Clauson, and Mattie Werder. Advisors attending were Freda Evans, Jeff Spaulding, and Chris Hiatt.  Please congratulate these students and staff on a great competition after putting in many hours of studying after practices since January.  What a great program we continue to build…  Well done !! 

    Anya Fogel, a 9th grade student at Marcus Whitman Junior High, is headed to National History Day in Washington D.C. Eighteen South Kitsap students from all three junior high schools joined hundreds of students from all over Washington to participate in the State level competition at Green River College on Saturday, April 23. These eighteen students presented and placed during the Regional contest in March at Olympic College. Anya placed second for her Senior Individual Documentary, “The Birth Control Pill: Scientific Exploration and the Exchange of Ideals”. Kaitlyn Wright from John Sedgwick placed 3rd for her historical essay “Coming Out of the Bubble: The Treaty of Kanagawa, the Harris Treaty, and their Effects on Japan” and is a runner up for heading to nationals.  With the guidance of her Quest teacher, Mr. Tom O’Loughlin, Anya placed third her previous two years at the state competition, but she never gave up and this year, she did it! The National contest is June 12-16 in Washington D.C. There is a fundraiser planned to help Anya head to the National Contest at Blu-Berry Frozen Yogurt on Olney Rd, Monday, May 2 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

    This past weekend, the Chamber Choir and Women's Ensemble performed at the Columbia Basin College Festival in Pasco. This is a great festival that attracts schools from all over the region. The Women's Ensemble, in their first year as an audition group, scored a Superior Rating and the Chamber Choir won their division! Dylan Macabitas received an Outstanding Musician Award!  The Highlighters and Women's Ensemble (now called The X-Chromatics) performed a jazz set on Saturday. The Highlighters received a Superior Rating but did not place and The X-Chromatics took 2nd Place!  They are in the midst of preparing a musical theater cabaret style show for the late spring. The kids are producing this show and doing most of the choreography and costuming. Two nights of rehearsals and two shows are coming!!  They do an incredible job in so many genres and come away from the program ready for collegiate level music. Many of the students, while not even considering music as a major, take the lessons they have learned here and do very well in various areas of post-secondary education. Students learn perseverance, teamwork, musicianship, leadership and how to be in front of people. They know how to emote, how to take criticism and have a multi-cultural world view. They have experienced history and world language in their music and understand the value of the past as well as creating for the future.  These are great lessons and wonderful preparation for life.

    A small group of Chamber Choir students will be performing at the State Ensemble Contest at Central Washington University this Friday. The Chamber Choir's mixed ensemble has participated at State every year that they have competed (17 of the last 18 years) at the regional festival. Only the top 16 ensembles in the state are selected for this honor and that is across every division of school size!  Also, tomorrow morning, the trombone trio and percussion ensemble will be traveling to Central Washington University to compete at State Solo and Ensemble.  The trombone trio will be defending their state win from last year and the percussion ensemble is hoping to be the first large group ensemble from South Kitsap to win state.  GO WOLVES! 

    Hidden Creek recently produced a couple of quick videos of 3rd grade IB in action! Their Unit of Inquiry is based on the 3rd grade science standards, their Central Idea is “Scientific advancements impact values, beliefs and attitudes of people” and their Line of Inquiry is “Early inventions that became machines”. In this video you will see the student’s Rube Goldberg machine  Video 1 and Video 2 .  Ms. Crisp and Ms. Clawson observed that student engagement and understanding is incredible in this unit. Staff were especially happy to see our ELL students digging deep into scientific vocabulary and taking risks with their learning.  Well done !!

    Ms. Lisa Wickens, teacher at Olalla Elementary, recently launched stage one of a non-profit community service organization called POP, Positive Olalla Projects, in the Olalla community. POP is a positive and progressive thinking community service group based in Olalla, Washington, The goal of this group is to encourage, celebrate, and support the people in our community through local service projects, events, and activities. The non-profit is in the very early stages, but more than 50 people attended the first town meeting. New Olalla Principal Ted Macomber has been very instrumental in getting many initial projects started simply by allowing me to follow my dream of bringing community service projects into the school. For information on POP or how to get involved, contact Lisa Wickens at wickens@skitsap.wednet.edu

    In an interesting article focused on the importance of visual mathematics, Stanford Report Touts Benefits of Visual Element to Math Education the research points to the need to incorporate visual components at all math levels, not simply entry level math coursework.  It is definitely worth a read. 

    On Monday, May 2, Representative Caldier will be at Cedar Heights as part of the Pathfinder Speaker series. One morning a month, a highly successful/influential individual is invited to visit the school and speak to a group of 70-100 students for approximately 15-20 minutes with additional time for questions. The speakers have an opportunity to share what they do, their own history, and what it took to get to where they are now.  The goal is help students to set their goals and dreams past high school by providing them opportunities to listen to and interact with real people who have journeyed through school just like them and found a path to achievement, success, and being a contributing asset to society.  We thank those community members who give of their time to support this work. 

    In closing, I love this quote and simply had to share it with you…“The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today's work superbly well.”—Sir William Osler (1849-1919); Canadian Physician, Founding Professor At Johns Hopkins Hospital.  Simple yet powerful practice that changes the world…

    Warmest regards,

    Michelle Reid, Ed.D.

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